August 2023 Edition
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The Connection

Week 5

Term 3

Huapai District School

August 17th 2023

Senior Leadership Message

“You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.” - Abraham Maslow

Dear families,
Last week we saw our cross country take place. What a great event! What made it really cool was seeing one of our Year 4 students deciding to participate last minute. She wasn't the fastest runner and often found herself tiring out during practice sessions. Many times, she felt the urge to step back into the safety of not participating. Yet, with determination and the encouragement of her peers and teachers, she chose to push through. On Friday, while she didn’t finish first, she completed the entire circuit, proving to herself and all of us that it's not about how quickly you reach the finish line, but the growth and courage in taking on the challenge itself.

Growth is not just in the pages of the books we read or the math problems we solve; it is in the challenges faced, the friendships formed, and the mistakes from which we learn. Yes, it can sometimes be daunting. But remember, every little step forward, even if uncertain, holds the potential for immense growth.

While safety and comfort have their value, this term, we have been encouraging our students to stretch their wings, try new things, and embrace the unfamiliar. For in stepping forward, they'll discover not only new horizons but also the vastness of their own potential.

Whanau, as partners in this adventure, let's hold our children's hands, not to pull them back into safety, but to guide and support them as they step boldly into growth.

Looking forward to the remainder of the term full of learning, laughter, and leaps of growth!

Keryn Annan
Deputy Principal

Upcoming Events

  • Friday 18th August - Jump Jam 4 StarJam
  • Monday 21st August - Board Meeting
  • Tuesday 22nd August - Vaping Information Evening
  • Friday 25th August - Bake Sale

Jump Jam 4 StarJam 2023

Huapai District School is taking part in JUMP JAM 4 StarJam 2023 tomorrow, Friday 18th August. This exciting event will help Huapai District School to raise awareness around disability and promote health and wellness in our community. Please show your support and donate a gold coin. Your child/ren will receive a cool StarJam wristband. All funds raised will go to StarJam so they can continue to help young people with disabilities to unleash their potential through the magic of music, dance and performance.

We will have a whole school Jump Jam session on Friday morning and we can wear bright clothes to school!

Board Meeting

This is being held Monday 21st August 6.30pm in the school staffroom. Parents are welcome to attend.

Thank You

On Monday we celebrated with the children the reaching of our first goal of 60% families paying their school donation. It was pretty special to gather as a school for a shared lunch. Thank you for your support. We have reached 64% of our families now having paid their school donation. Our next goal is 70% and we have promised a pet day (which scares me silly) if we reach this goal. Great things are happening at Huapai. Thank you for your support! - John Petrie

Camp Pay It Forward

Are you a family who is willing to support a child attend camp who could not afford to do so otherwise?
If this is something you are interested in, please contact or pay it forward using the Pay It Forward items on Kindo. You can also contact the School Office for bank account details.

Vaping Information Community Evening

Next Week! Are you coming?

We would like for you (and your older children) to join us for an evening learning about the risks and realities of vaping. Please use the link to register your interest in this event.

Bake Sale

Next Friday 25th August, there will be a bake sale for our Year 7&8 group who are attending sports camp this year. It will be held down by the senior zone at lunch time.

Touch Rugby

Is your child keen to play Touch Rugby this year? The sport is open for players in Year 0 through to Year 8. If so, please see the link below for details and registration information. Registrations close end of August.

School Cross Country

Thank you for your awesome community support for all our runners last Friday at cross country. It was a highly successful event made even better by our friends and families joining us. Thank you to Riverhead Athletics who lent us the use of their sound system for the day.

Top Of NZ And The World!

Congratulations to Bhavneet Singh who is the top in NZ for his age group in Archery!

Congratulations to Kadyn and Zeb Abe who are top in the world for their age groups in Crossfit!

The dedication these boys all show to their sport is impressive, with hours and hours of training. What a massive accomplishment. They all have bright futures in sport ahead of them. We look forward to following your careers.

Yummy Apple Sticker Promotion

Each year we have the opportunity to trade in stickers collected from the Yummy apple range for sports gear. This is an annual promotion that has seen the school earn some great gear that is used across the school. It’s that time again to remember to collect the stickers.

A collection sheet is linked below, or each of the classrooms have one on their wall for use at school. Paper copies of the sheet can be collect from the school office should you wish.

Creative Matters

Creative Matters are back for the 2023 year. With classes on Tuesdays, 3pm - 5pm in Room 10. Please book at the link below.

Brain Play

Wednesdays, 3:30pm - 5pm in Room 10.
Brain Play teaches science & technology classes to Kiwi kids aged 5-13, right across the country! We offer holiday programmes, online classes, in-person after-school classes, in-school classes, and free events for communities. Our topics include 3D printing, coding, animation, STEM experiments, LEGO & more. Free trials are also available for new students. This term we are in Stanmore Bay, Huapai, Parnell and Hobsonville (as well as online)! Check out our website to learn more about what's on at Brain Play & book in today.
Please book at the link below.

Music Lessons With MusiqHub

MusiqHub are looking forward to another awesome year of music in 2023 at Huapai School! They will have a bunch of slots available for Guitar, Drums, Piano and Ukulele lessons. If you're interested, be sure to get in touch to reserve your spot or ask any questions you may have. Contact details below:


Guitar, Keyboard and Ukulele:

2023 Term Dates

These are the Term Dates for 2023:

Term 1: Tuesday 7th February - Thursday 6th April
Term 2: Wednesday 26th April - Friday 30th June
Term 3: Monday 17th July - Friday 22nd September
Term 4: Monday 9th October - Tuesday 19th December

Teacher Only Days:
Monday 24th April (the day before Anzac Day)
Tuesday 6th June (King's Birthday weekend)

HERO Notifications

We use HERO to send classroom updates, to share regular learning posts and now for payment on all in-school costs. HERO sends push notifications or emails. You can now choose how you receive HERO notifications as well as manage devices that receive them.

To set your own notification preferences:
  1. Click on your profile image
  2. Select EDIT PROFILE
  3. Scroll down to My Devices and select your preferences.
Or please see the full instructions linked below.

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